Whether you’re a first-time traveler or a globetrotting veteran, there’s one thing for certain: the way you pack can make all the difference. Because no one wants to be stuck lugging an unwieldy suitcase around the airport or through a new, foreign city. Fortunately, a good set of functional luggage can save you from that fate, ensuring that your trip is as stress-free as possible.
Through our years of traveling, we’ve discovered that it’s easier to tote a backpack than drag roller bags through airports, on escalators, and down cobblestone streets. We love traveling with backpacks, and we think you will, too. If you have a toddler or infant then obviously you’ll have to tote a lot of their baggage. But if your child is older, there’s no reason why they can’t carry all their travel supplies on their own. That’s why we’ve come up with this list of the best travel backpacks for kids and toddlers.
Thanksgiving is a holiday that most of us associate with food. We sit around the dinner table with our family and consume regrettable amounts of food before retiring to the living room to watch the football game. But did you know that Thanksgiving is actually one of the best holidays to travel with your family? Not only are there cheap, family-friendly places to visit, but you don’t have to worry about cooking and there’s zero clean up! If you’re considering taking a trip this Turkey Day, here are the top twelve Thanksgiving vacation ideas for families.
Read any of our blogs and you know we love to walk to get to know foreign cities. With a toddler, this requires a great travel stroller. Typical strollers can be big and bulky, which makes them difficult to manage when on the road — they have to be checked at the airport, they take up a lot of space in a trunk, a hotel room or a cruise cabin, and they are often too big to manage in crowded museums and attractions.
This is why a good travel stroller is necessary when taking a long trip, particularly umbrella strollers that are lightweight, compact and fold easily. The following collection of best travel strollers are low in weight and can travel well. Better yet, these strollers have high marks from parents who actually used them on trips.
Located in British Columbia, Vancouver is a Canadian coastal city that is known for its mild climate, picturesque views, and down-to-earth locals. It is ethnically diverse and very safe, making it the perfect place to visit with small children. Another highly-acclaimed thing about Vancouver is its vibrant food scene. Because it’s located on a major seaport, one of the city’s biggest claims to fame is its fresh seafood. Vancouver’s moderate climate also provides a long growing season, which means there’s always a plethora of produce in season. In most cities with a major foodie scene, it’s not always easy to find restaurants that are geared toward people with small children or babies. Yet, you can still explore the food scene and find a number of kid-friendly restaurants in Vancouver.
We love snorkeling because it’s a great way to see underwater wildlife with your family. When people hear we have taken Aarav snorkeling, they think we literally went snorkeling with a toddler, which is not possible, he’s too young. He has, however, accompanied us on several snorkeling tours, including in the Galapagos, Bali, the Great Barrier reef, and Grand Cayman, among others.
There are several reasons why visiting Vancouver with kids is a great choice. The third-largest city in Canada, Vancouver is a family-friendly destination known for its high standard of living and low crime rate. Generally a clean and safe place, you can feel good about exploring the city, even with young children. With its dramatic backdrop of a seaside skyline set against a gorgeous mountain background, this British Columbia city has been named one of the most beautiful cities in the entire world by Forbes magazine.
When our son Aarav was born, our friends who were well-acquainted with our love of travel told us to slow down until he grew up. But we were travel junkies. We wouldn’t let having a child keep us away from our next fix. Besides, traveling is awesome, and we wanted to share this passion with our son. We knew that for our son’s sake and our own, it was necessary to introduce him to travel as early as possible.
So when we decided to travel with a four-month-old, we knew not to expect smooth sailing. His first flight was rocky. But we learned. And with each trip we take, we learn even more. Though Aarav has now been on over 70 flights, we’re still learning. However, one thing we know for sure is that there’s no substitute for proper preparation. In the spirit of helping you prepare for flying with an infant, here are a few of our favorite tips for flying with a baby.
We love traveling, and so does our son. Well, considering that he was only four-months-old when he went on his first flight, he hardly had a choice. He didn’t choose the travel life. The travel life chose him. His first flight was not easy, but we never expected it to be easy. Like any parent flying on a plane with a newborn, we were terrified. But we decided to go anyway.
If you enjoy traveling, it’s essential to make it a habit early on during your child’s life, both for your sake and your child’s. And no matter how long or short the flight, it’s best to be prepared. Here are a few things we’ve learned about flying with a newborn on a plane. Though they can’t guarantee you a hiccup-free trip, they’ll certainly help your flight be more enjoyable.
Traveling in Tokyo with kids is easy and fun. The seamless public transportation system allows you to efficiently get from Point A to Point B with little to no hassle. The locals are friendly and readily willing to provide advice and help whenever needed. There are all kinds of food, and don’t get us started on the lights. Kids love bright, shiny, and colorful things, and all of Tokyo’s lights are definitely bright, shiny, and colorful. All this coupled with the countless things to do in Tokyo with kids makes it one of our favorite places to travel with little ones. Below, you’ll find the ultimate guide to Tokyo. We’ll tell you the best places to stay, where to eat, and the top things to do in Tokyo with kids. So strap on your seatbelts because we’re taking off, baby.
Traveling with infants requires a good car seat that can travel with you. Not only will you want and need a seat that keeps your baby secure when riding in taxis or on car-led private tours, the seats can also keep your infant safe in their own seat on an airplane.
We reviewed car seats that are lightweight, travel well, and are relatively easy to set up. These are for infants up to age 18 months. They all weigh less than 22 pounds and convert from a rear- to front-facing seat. If traveling with older children, you’ll want to review our list of parent-approved car seats and boosters for toddlers.